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Checkout clerk: 'You've had a big win, sir'

Oct 28, 2004, 8:04 am

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UK National LotteryUK National Lottery: Checkout clerk: 'You've had a big win, sir'

A young agricultural engineer saw a five-week lucky streak on the National Lottery spiral to new heights when his six numbers scooped him the £2m (US$3.65 million) jackpot.

Meredith Davies, 32, had won a tenner every week for a month before all his numbers came good on the Saturday October 16 draw.

He bought the winning ticket at Lomax's in Bridge Street, Lampeter.

But despite normally checking his tickets the next day, it has taken Mr Davies more than a week to realise that Lady Luck had passed his way and gifted him a grant total of £2, 069, 730. He is now planning to buy his girlfriend Kate Chester, a 33-year-old care home worker, a Mitsubishi Warrior and take a well-deserved holiday with her daughter Anna, 13.

But Mr Davies, who runs his own agricultural engineering business and lives in a small farmhouse near Drefach near Lampeter, said he will not be giving up work just yet.

"I would get bored," he said. "I have great customers and I do not want to let them down. We are not the kind of people who will sit down and do nothing with life. I do not think it will change us much because we will carry on working, but we'll be able to do little things like going on holiday."

Celebrations have been delayed because he did not remember to check the numbers until he was in the newsagent shop on Monday.

Mr Davies said, "The girl behind the counter started to shake and said I should come and look at the print out. She then called her manager who took us, both now shaking, to her office, and explained that I had a very big win.

"I had won a tenner the previous few weeks. I thought at most I might have won a few thousand, I never imagined hitting the jackpot. I called my girlfriend Kate, who I never ever call at work, so she immediately thought something was up - and she was not wrong. Eventually we calmed down."

Miss Chester said, "Everybody is absolutely amazed, they just cannot believe it yet. But my daughter Anna's response was 'Oh, cool'. That's all she said."

Driving around immediately after the win, Mr Davies's mind was clearly on other things.

"I ran out of diesel on the way back. I am probably the only millionaire who has ever run out of diesel," he said.

He now plans to buy a small-holding where they can keep horses.

"A smallholding will let us have more space and continue with our lives, but with the great security the win brings.

"I have five brothers and three sisters, and I hope to help them out as we are all close. As one of nine, we had to manage carefully to get by, so it is nice to give something back."

Mr Davies's lucky streak has taken some time coming as he has been playing the Lottery since it was launched nearly 10 years ago.

His winning numbers were 25, 32, 33, 36, 45 and 46. He spent eight hours on the phone yesterday as the news broke. "I am definitely going to carry on playing the Lottery. I might be lucky again and win the jackpot a second time."

National Lottery Day £10m draw next month

To mark its 10th birthday, The National Lottery has revealed where millionaires live across the UK.

Wales has 153 jackpot-winning tickets, and is home to 106 Lottery millionaires. The statistics map out which hotspots have the most jackpot winning tickets.

One of the biggest Welsh winners was John Morgan from Aberdare who won more than £9m in 1997. Sophie Powell, also from Aberdare, won over £7m in 1999.

Saturday November 6 will mark the first ever National Lottery Day which will see an extra draw. Players buying a ticket will automatically have their line of numbers entered into the £10m jackpot-only birthday draw.

Western Mail

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Posted: October 28, 2004, 9:34 am - IP Logged

tenner=10 pounds

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    Posted: November 1, 2004, 3:19 am - IP Logged

    that isn't the first time a clerk has told someone they won big. an IN player left a $12.8 million (annuity) powerball jackpot ticket with a store clerk to check while he was running errands, and when he got back, the clerk told him he won the jackpot. it really isn't a good idea. the clerk could have run off and cashed the ticket.

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      June 5, 2002
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      Posted: November 4, 2004, 6:26 pm - IP Logged

      How long ago?